Coronal PET Images
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CT images demonstrate several areas of bowel wall thickening in a similar distribution, consistent with the patient's diagnosis of Crohn's disease
Increased uptake of FDG has also been observed in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Some investigators have suggested a role for FDG-PET as a non-invasive means of monitoring disease activity and response to therapy in patient's with IBD.
Mild to moderate bowel uptake is often noted incidentally in asymptomatic patients. This activity may be related to unrecognized mild inflammation or smooth muscle activity during peristalsis. More intense uptake may indicate clinically significant inflammation or neoplasm and clinical correlation should be pursued.
Reference: von Schulthess, GK, ed. Clinical Positron Emission Tomography: Correlation with Morphological Cross-Sectional Imaging. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2000.
References and General Discussion of PET Tumor Imaging Studies (Anatomic field:Gasterointestinal System, Category:Inflammation,Infection)
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